Lectures and Discussions at Krannert Art Museum

Discussions & Lectures | Fall 2016

Krannert Art Museum enriches the learning environment for students, faculty, families and visitors by providing opportunities to engage on important topics in the visual arts.

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September 2016

Thursday, September 15 · 5:30 pm
Gallery Conversation | Crossings and Borderlands

Location: KAM Main Level, Contemporary Gallery

Featuring Faranak Miraftab, professor of Urban and Regional Planning; Ellen Moodie, director of graduate studies and associate professor of Anthropology; and Junaid Rana, associate professor of Asian American Studies; moderated by Amy L. Powell, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Terri Weissman, associate professor of Art History
This gallery conversation is part of the exhibition Borderland Collective: Northern Triangle, which furthers the ongoing discussion on immigration, borders, identity, and art.

Thursday, September 29 · 7 pm
Anthropology Leaders | Taboo Talks

Location: KAM Main Level, Contemporary Gallery

Anthropology Leaders is a team of undergraduate ambassadors for anthropology on campus. The group's "Taboo Talk" series has focused on contentious issues of racism, migration, identity and justice.

October 2016

Wednesday, October 5 · 6–8 pm
Borderland Collective Artist Residency | Timeline Workshop

Location: La Casa Cultural Latina, 1203 N. Nevada St., Urbana

Timeline Workshop includes dinner and discussion at La Casa Cultural Latina. At the workshop, members of Borderland Collective—Jason Reed, Erina Duganne, and Mark Mejivar—will talk about remembrance, historical and contemporary connections, and the ways communities build knowledge and understanding.

Thursday, October 6 · 12 noon
Borderland Collective Artist Residency | Lunch on Us

Location: La Casa Cultural Latina, 1203 N. Nevada St., Urbana

Have lunch at La Casa Cultural Latina with Adriana Corral, an exhibiting artist in Borderland Collective:Northern Triangle at Krannert Art Museum. Corral is an award-winning artist whose installations, performances, and sculpture delve into themes of injustice, loss, and memory. Meet the artist and learn more about her work.

Thursday, October 6 · 5:30 pm
Borderland Collective Artist Residency | Artist Talk

Location: KAM Lower Level, Auditorium (room 62)

Presented as part of the Borderland Collective: Northern Triangle exhibition, this Artist Talk features Collective members Jason Reed, Erina Duganne, and Mark Menjivar, and exhibiting artist Adriana Corral. Meet the artists and hear their thoughts about issues surrounding immigration, borders, art and cultural perception. The event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 13 · 9 am – 6 pm
Fine + Applied Arts | Arts Exchange

Location: All galleries

KAM is pleased to participate in the second annual interdisciplinary enrichment program sponsored by the College of Fine and Applied Arts. The goal of the Arts Exchange is to invite students and faculty in the college to explore a variety of ideas, concepts, knowledge, art forms, skills, and people that comprise the college. Arts Exchange seminars will replace most classes regularly scheduled for October 13. Please check your course syllabus to confirm. Schedule and registration information is available online.

Thursday, October 13 · 5:30 pm
Art + Design Lecture Series | Chris Kraus

Location: KAM Lower Level, Auditorium (room 62)

"The Childlike Life of the Black Tarantula: A 20th Century Fable" will be presented by Chris Kraus, American writer, critic, filmmaker and professor at the European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland. This talk is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, October 19 · 12 noon
Members' Night | Book Breakers and Re-Makers

Location: KAM Auditorium, with reception in Link Gallery to follow

In anticipation of the upcoming exhibition Making and Breaking Medieval Manuscripts, Curator at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library Anna Chen will discuss the ways in which embellishment of manuscripts in the medieval West inspired book-breaking, imitation and forgery.

This event is for museum members only. To attend, please RSVP to Chris Schaede (by phone 217-244-0516 or email) no later than Friday, October 14.

Wednesday, October 26 · 6–8 pm
Antena Artist Residency | Conversation with Antena artists

Location: La Casa Cultural Latina, 1203 N. Nevada St., Urbana

Antena is a collaborative project that links social justice work and artistic practice by exploring the ways that examining language can help us reimagine and rearticulate the worlds we inhabit. Antena artists Jen Hofer and Gelare Khoshgozaran are translators, writers, and artists who focus on areas of cultural and linguistic intersection—"between-ness." This La Casa Conversation will be a chance to learn about their collaborations to explore meaning in language and in art. Bring your questions... in any language you like.

Thursday, October 27 · 12 noon
Antena Artist Residency | Brown Bag Workshop with Antena
"Language Justice As an Element of Social Justice"

Location: Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, 919 W Illinois St., 4th floor, Urbana

Language is embedded in our bodies, circulating and skeletal; at the same time, languages enter from the outside. The languages we speak determine social access and participation, they determine our place in hierarchies of privilege and disempowerment. Language Justice offers a radically different approach to language—democratizing in a multi-lingual, non-hierarchical political and public space. In this brown bag workshop, Antena artists Jen Hofer and Gelare Khoshgozaran will invite discussion about the conceptual and practical strategies we can use to resist single-language dominance and create spaces where everyone present can express themselves fully in their own language. How might cross-language practice become a model for encountering difference in a wide range of contexts? Are we invited to open ourselves to "radical listening" as artists and as human beings?

Thursday, October 27 · 5:30 pm
Antena Artist Residency | Artist Talk with Antena

Jen Hofer is a poet, translator, bookmaker, social justice interpreter, public letter-writer, knitter, and co-founder of Antena, the language justice and literary activism collaborative. Gelare Khoshgozaran is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and translator working across the mediums of video performance, installation and writing. Together, these artists will talk about their backgrounds, artistic practices, and current work. All are invited to this free, public artist talk, presented as part of the Krannert Art Museum artist residency with Antena.

November 2016

Wednesday, November 16 · 5:30 pm
Medieval Studies Lecture | Maria Luisa Meneghetti

Location: KAM Lower Level, Auditorium (room 62)

Please join us for this lecture by Maria Luisa Meneghetti of the Department of Literary Studies, Linguistics, and Philology at the University of Milan.

Thursday, November 17 · 5:30 pm
Art + Design Lecture Series | Jen Delos Reyes

Location: KAM Lower Level, Auditorium (room 62)

"The Lovers, The Dreamers, and Me" features creative laborer, educator, writer, and community arts organizer Jen Delos Reyes. Reyes, associate director of The School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is a pioneer of art in education, working with Portland State University from 2008–2014 to create the first flexible residency Art and Social Practice MFA program in the United States. This talk is free and open to the public.

December 2016

Please note: KAM will be closed from December 24, 2016 through January 2, 2017. The museum will resume regular hours, Monday–Saturday 9 am–5 pm, on January 3.

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François Proulx, assistant professor of French, discusses Marcel Proust during the Attachment Gallery Conversation
Fall 2015
Photo by Julia Nucci Kelly